She's from Alaska. She's going to bicycle to Mexico, along with a few dozen other like-minded folk in this year's edition of the Tour Divide. Tour Divide is a solo, self-supported mountain bike race on all 2,745 miles of the epic Great Divide MTB Route. It starts in Banff and finishes at the Mexican border. I love this photo. She looks decidedly happy.
At the startline, there were 40+ athletes of all nationalities, shapes and abilities ready to take on the challenge. The sense of excitement in the air was contagious. And they all seemed pretty darn happy considering the challenge that was at hand.
A Banff local, Crazy Larry had come down and decorated the "unofficial" startline. Larry is one crazy Mo-Fo, but he was down there smilin' like the crazed fool that he is.
A few days prior, Jill turned up on our doorstep. She was hoping to relax and chill out for a few days before setting off on the Tour Divide. We took her on the tandem for a Town Tour and enjoyed a beautiful evening in Banff.
The next evening, I took her for a walk to Lake Louise, the Little Beehive and Lake Agnes. In retrospect, this probably wasn't such a smart idea given that Jill has to ride 2,745 miles and the trail looked like this:
We were both smiling like Crazy Larry by the end of the night.
Good luck Jill!
May your body, mind and bicycle carry you on a great adventue wherever that may be.